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A Cool Head Early, Better Blood Pressure Later

separator Keeping a cool head under pressure as a young adult may serve you well when you’re older. A recent study in the journal Circulation showed that young people who experienced spikes in blood pressure when they were under psychological stress were more likely to have high blood pressure by the time they were in their 40s. The high blood pressure developed in these individuals independent of other risk factors for high blood pressure, such as race, gender, age and body mass index.

This information comes from the CARDIA study, which has been observing more than 5,000 participants since 1985 to monitor the development of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers in the study suggest that it might be possible for young adults to reduce their blood pressure spikes by getting regular exercise, although this has not been proven. But regular exercise, in general, has been proven to reduce stress.

Circulation, 22 June 2004.
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